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Offline DaveTheTrain

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Re: Newspapers !
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2020, 01:09:10 PM »
The Sunday round was the worst, all those supplements in the newspapers.   I dont think I could do it now!

Offline AlanTH

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 10:40:49 AM »

Those paper rounds weren't easy jobs especially for those of us who then went to school afterwards. 1957 or '58 I started. An all weather job 7 days a week and those weekend papers were heavy.
That damn bag full of them used to nearly cut your head of as it hung around the neck.
Not something I'd wish on any kid under those conditions and not allowed from what I read these days. Certainly not here in Oz where they're delivered by car and chucked out onto the front of the house or you buy them anywhere.

Offline Pete

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 06:24:22 PM »
Mine was mid 60s, 15/- 6.15 start, sort and mark up the papers, KM round on Friday pm. Had enough when the Sunday supplements got bigger and got added to KM round for no extra. so 8 deliveries around the Bower area of Maidstone plus collecting money for 15/-

Offline stuartwaters

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Re: Newspapers !
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 05:57:19 PM »
I think it was a rite of passage for kids to have a paper-round. Most of my mates when I was younger (mid to late 1970s) had a paper-round, though after the Bridgewater murder, my parents wouldn't let me.
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Offline castle261

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 11:03:55 AM »
Seeing Dave The Train - comments on delivering newspapers at 14 years of age.
Well I did the same - but the hard way.
In 1941 - I applied for a job at W.H.Smiths - (at 14 - before Post Office job)
I had to collect the newspapers from Chatham station at 6.30 am every morning,
take them to the rear building in Medway Street - sort them - mark them - then deliver them
from Star Hill along New Road - then along the High Street - to Barnes the potato merchant,
near the Regent Cinema - then call at the shop in Ordnance Street - for hot rolls - to
share with my mother - until I return to work - on the front counter of W.H.Smiths at 9.00 am.
W.H.Smiths then - were at the bottom of Manor Road - in the High Street.
Wages then - were fifteen shillings a week - with four pence stopped - for the insurance stamp.